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July 7, 2017, 5:00 AM

What would it look like to completely take Jesus into all you are?



Then Jesus said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in you. John 6:53

The Bible is filled with hard truths and commands that go against our natural tendencies. We are told to forgive our enemies, not worry about tomorrow, and control our tongue. We desire security and stability yet, in Scripture we are commanded to walk by faith. Scriptures can be very black and white but we would rather live in the gray.  We’re urged to pick up our cross and follow Him daily.  Yet, we often want to compartmentalize our faith when it is convenient for us.  God doesn’t want part of your heart; He wants the whole thing.

 

Unfortunately, we tend to hesitate when it comes to this level of commitment. For some, this command is too much and instead they walk away. This reaction is nothing new. In John 6, a crowd gathered around Jesus demanding a sign showing His power.  They desired to see a miracle similar to that of their ancestors that ate manna in the wilderness. Their hope was that their daily physical needs would be met, but as always Jesus’ response catches them off-guard. He saw the deeper need at hand, so He utters the words, “Unless you eat of my flesh and drink of my blood, you have no life in you.”

 

A statement like that has the ability to halt you in your tracks. Imagine being in the crowd at that very moment. This saying seems to come out of nowhere. What is one suppose to do with this? Jesus wanted the crowd to realize the depths of what it looks like to accept Him. The charge to embrace the reality of who Christ remains the same for us here and now, it is about taking Him completely into all we are.  The manna in the desert or the fishes needed to feed the 5,000 was enough to meet a person’s physical hunger. But, it is only a matter of time, before that physical hunger returns. The deeper need God is concerned about is our spiritual hunger. He is the one and only provision that can meet our need, the only place where life can be found.

 

So, just like the crowd, we are left with a decision and both choices are a challenge. It’s hard either way: walking away from Him or walking with Him. There were those in the crowd that day who counted the cost and reasoned that level of commitment was just too much to bear. They decided to go back to their old life and no longer followed Him. But, then there were those like Peter who realized there was nowhere else to turn in order to find the life they desired. Yes, it came with a cost, like laying down their pride, going the extra mile, and carrying that cross. Yet, it paled in comparison to what they were gaining. What would it look like to completely take Jesus into all you are?

 

This is my Prayer: Father God I know that the cost to following You is great, but it is worth it. Lord I desire for my life to be found in You. Jesus You, and You only, are my provision.  Help me to believe and trust in this truth. Show me how to completely take You into all that I am. In Your name, Jesus. Amen.


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